Are you clear about your purpose?

Ikigai – what?

No, this is not me ordering off menu in the latest sushi restaurant or discovering a new origami shape. Now that the world is slowly arriving at a ‘new normal’, is this a good time to reflect on what you actually would like to do and achieve in this next phase of your life?

Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning – a reason for being.

So what? I hear you say.

Whereas the accompanying graphic really is self-explanatory, it would be worthwhile to take some time to reflect on your career, your life outside of work and your plans for the future. Are you the stereotypical victim of the rat race or have you achieved the ultimate inner calm? Or, like most people, I suspect, are you somewhere in between?

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I can almost hear you thinking “So why is this guy, who writes about recruitment becoming all philosophical?”
I promise, I haven’t touched the funny tobacco …

Over the last 20 years we have prided ourselves in matching people to people (rather than jobs), really looking for the perfect fit for both candidate and client. Surely everyone wants to work in an environment and with people and on projects that stimulate and excite us, for whatever reason?

It has just struck me that for all these years we have been trying to find Ikigai for our candidates and mostly we have been pretty close to achieving that. Just saying…

Please use the diagram to review where you are in your life’s journey, are there areas that you can change in order to get closer to Ikigai. Can you make (small) changes that may have a big impact on your happiness and fulfilment? If you feel that your career could be ripe for a new direction then talk to me.

If you want to go the whole hog, then please read Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, which is co-authored by Hector Garcia.

Right, I’m off to do some yoga..!